Teaching strategies for nourishing creativity and innovation

Mihai Boicu, Ioulia Rytikova, Laura Poms, Jill Nelson, Nathalia Peixoto, Lance Sherry, Gheorghe Tecuci

Session Information

Year: 2016 | Time: 2:45pm-4:15pm | Location: Innovation Hall (Room 134)


Creativity and innovation is at the core of the PhD programs, but it is much less present in undergraduate or master programs creating a difficult gap for many students. Moreover, the dynamics of the evolution of the current world is making creativity and innovation a requirement for many jobs. However, large class sizes, density of the material presented, domain complexity and instructor research experience are some of the limiting factors that make difficult to include creativity and innovation training in the undergraduate curriculum. In this lightning talk session, educators with practical experience in preparing undergraduate students for creativity, innovation and research, will present and debate strategies to overcome these challenges in classes of various types (e.g. online vs. in class), levels (introductory vs. specialized electives) and using a diverse spectrum of methods, (including active learning, experiential learning, team-based learning, flipped classroom, project-based learning, competition-based learning, capstone courses, and extra-curriculum activities). The session will continue with a panel discussion about the applicability of such methods in various settings, how to start including such elements in classically taught curriculum, and will answer questions from the audience. Specific case studies from the audience are encouraged and will be discussed. At the end of this session the participants will have a better understanding of available strategies and lessons learned of how to make creativity and innovation integral part of the curriculum.


active learning; active learning classrooms;collaborative learning; problem-based learning; inquiry-based learning; experiential learning; learning spaces; teaching online;


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